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Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge needs surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six to eight weeks, the team announced Thursday night. Aldridge, 29, was hurt in the second quarter of Portland's 98-94 victory Monday against the Sacramento Kings. The 6-11 forward leads the Blazers (31-12) in averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. USA Today Sports

"In my opinion, surgery is the best thing to do in this situation; he will have the best long term results,'' said Dr. Steven Shin, an orthopedic hand/wrist surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. "I don't doubt he will come back and play very well. There really shouldn't be any limiting factors in his play.'' Oregonian

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Still: I found it interesting that after having heard very little San Antonio/Aldridge talk of any kind, ever, a bunch of unconnected higher-ups suddenly started mentioning it over the last two weeks. Someone said something to start the rumor mill churning, and the Blazers have always considered one of Aldridge’s home-state Texas teams the biggest threat to snag him away. San Antonio waited on a Kawhi Leonard extension precisely to hoard max cap space this summer in case both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire. Dallas could have max-level space, though it’d have to renounce several very good free agents to get it. Houston would need to cut some salary, but it also has the goods to put together a solid sign-and-trade offer if Aldridge makes it known he’d prefer to go there. Grantland

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts announced Tuesday afternoon after the team’s practice in Tualatin that LaMarcus Aldridge, who injured his left hand in the second quarter of Monday night’s 98-94 victory versus the Kings at the Moda Center, will not play in Wednesday night’s game versus the Suns in Phoenix. Though Stotts said Aldridge would neither travel nor play Wednesday night, he had no update on what further examinations may or may not have revealed after an x-ray of Aldridge’s hand came back negative Monday night. Forward Center

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Free agency presents a similar dilemma. There are several free agents that the Knicks and their fans can dream about, but landing a Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge is a long shot. The agent — as much as agents enjoy it — cautioned that the Knicks need to avoid overpaying for second-tier talent: “They can’t do what they always do — get tied up in deals you don’t want.” The scout agreed, noting, “If they were to get Gasol, all right, then you have ’Melo, Gasol and the rest of those misfits. You’re better, but you’re not there. Keep your cap room available. Don’t overspend on a mediocre player and fill in the holes.” Bergen Record

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